Named for a local saint, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, with its Gothic tower, rises high above the town center. A church or abbey has stood on the site since 942 CE, playing a pivotal role in European history, including the baptism of Charles V. The cathedral is home to a number of masterworks by local artists, such as Hubert and Jan van Eyck, as well as Justus van Gent. Don't miss Van Eyck's masterpiece "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," displayed in a prominent position inside the chapel, and "Saint Bavo enters the Convent at Ghent" by Peter Paul Rubens, on the cathedral's walls. Visit the cathedral's website for notifications of choral concerts and regular services. To visit Saint Bavo's Cathedral and other attractions in Ghent, use our Ghent online journey planner.
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$3 BOOK WITH VIATOR Historical Walking Tour: Legends of Gent Historical Walking Tour: Legends of Gent
Duration: 2 hours
$9 BOOK WITH VIATOR Guided boat trip in medieval Ghent Guided boat trip in medieval Ghent
Duration: 40 minutes
$89 BOOK WITH VIATOR Walking food tour: Introduction to Ghent through food Walking food tour: Introduction to Ghent through food
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
$85 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Highlights of Gent Historical Tour Private Highlights of Gent Historical Tour
Duration: 2 hours
Saint Bavo's Cathedral reviews
There was a lot to see and the art work was interesting. The mystic lamb was the main point of interest but the whole work was excellent.
There was a lot to see and the art work was interesting. The mystic lamb was the main point of interest but the whole work was excellent. more »
Yet another example of an amazing old church in Europe. Dating back to the 10th century, this is an impressively designed beauty. Just go inside for some time and look around at all the detail all..... more
Yet another example of an amazing old church in Europe. Dating back to the 10th century, this is an impressively designed beauty. Just go inside for some time and look around at all the detail all..... more »
We’ve been in France and Belgium for a week now, and this was undoubtedly the best thing we’ve done so far. The cathedral offers a virtual experience tour for children, and my four kids LOVED it. My husband and I were also impressed! We then were able to see The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (The Ghent Altarpiece), and it was beautiful beyond words. I cannot say enough positive things. The artistry and architecture of the building moved me to tears. Absolutely worth a visit!
A very well-built beautiful cathedral in the city of Gent! If you are already here, definitely visit the mystic lamb painting. It does cost something, but you still shouldn't miss this masterpiece. We also got some flyers which explained the different parts of the polyptychon. The people were extremely friendly and spoke German and English to us. The architecture here is just astonishing, wow!
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